El Alamein 75th Anniversary Battlefield Tour 17 th – 26 th October 2017
El Alamein - the battle that turned the tide in North Africa. See the actual battlefield where the 8th Army won undying fame. Tel el Eisa fought over time and time again by the Australians in July 1942. The original railway station from which the battle takes its name plus every other major part of the battlefield. Seventy five years have not yet eradicated traces of the fighting join us on a memorable tour of this famous battlefield and see the actual ground where numerous Victoria Crosses were won. Stand on the Alamein Memorial and see the 7,000 graves with the battlefield beyond. An ideal relaxing "take it easy" tour for veterans and an opportunity for the ladies to see places other than battlefields.   Day 1 Flight to Cairo, Greeted and escorted to our Mena House hotel, overnight in Cairo. Day 2 The day begins with a visit to the Montgomery and Winston Churchill rooms in Mena, have your photo taken sitting at their desks. We then have a tour of the Pyramids and Sphinx, We then drive to the world famous Cecil Hotel in Alexandria where we stay for one night. (B>L>D)
Day 3  Tour of Alexandria city including visits to Hadra and Chatby CWGC war cemeteries casualties of both world wars are buried, the Beys castle on the Corniche and site of the famous Alexandria Lighthouse, Your chance to have an "Ice Cold in Alex" We then drive to our hotel at Burg el Arab for three nights. (B>L>D) Day 4  Visits to the El Alamein battlefield, Tel el Eisa where Arthur Gurney won the Victoria Cross, Springbok Road and Ruwesait Ridge, where Keith Elliott and Charles Upham won their VC's. Miteirya Ridge where Percy Gratwick and William Kibby won their VC's. The famous Qattara Track, Bab el Qattara, the minefields and see where Lt-Col Vic Turner won his VC near the Rahman Track. Lots to see during a busy day. Picnic on the battlefield. (B>L>D)
Day 5   Today is dedicated to all those who fought and died at El Alamein as we pay our respects at the 75th Anniversary Memorial Service. We shall visit the Alamein war museum, El Alamein War cemetery where 4 VC winners are buried, lunch in a local El Alamein restaurant. We will also visit the German and Italian Cemeteries at Tel el Eisa. (B>L>D)
Day 6  Drive to Mersa Matruh via Fuka where the Indian Brigade fought a famous rear-guard action, Sidi el Rahman, El Daba and Mingar Qaim scene of the famous 1942 New Zealand "breakout" and Sidi Hemza where Adam Wakenshaw won a posthumous VC. Free time in the town. Check into our hotel for two nights.. (B>L>D) Day 7  Today is dedicated to the Senussi War. We shall also visit the Wadi Majid, Djebel Medwa and Halazin battlefields where British and ANZACS fought in World War 1. Picnic lunch on the beach at Matruh and visit to the Rommel Museum. Opportunity to stay at the hotel relaxing on the beach or shopping in Mersa Matruh or maybe both. (B>L>D)
Day 8  Return to Cairo via the site of Monty's first battle in the desert at Alam Halfa fought in August/September 1942, check into hotel for two nights. Opportunity to see Pyramid light show. (B>L>D) Day 9  A day relaxing or visit the Cairo Pharaoh Museum and the original Old War Horse Memorial Hospital. In the evening we have our dinner while cruising on the Nile. (B>L>D) Day 10  Return flight to the UK or other destination. (B) Price per person: £ 2.200 Single Supplement: £ 250 Deposit £ 250 per person Price includes: Flights from the UK. All transport in air conditioned buses Mineral water while travelling All 4/5 Star hotels. All meals (see itinery, B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner) All entrance fees to museums and ancient sites Campaign booklet Battlefield Guide (Steve Hamilton) Passports must be valid for a minimum 6 months. Not included in Price: Hotel services (i.e. telephone, room service, laundry etc) Social drinks Any Optional tours (i.e. Pyramid Light Show or Nile River Dinner) Passports must be valid for a minimum 6 months. For those wishing to arrive early or depart later arrangements can be made for sightseeing or other activities.